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About Marissa Lifshen Steinberger


About Marissa

Passionate about unequal access to opportunity as a key social justice issue, Marissa Lifshen Steinberger (she/her pronouns) has more than 20 years of experience supporting individuals and teams in the education, foundation, and non-profit sectors. With expertise in college admissions, academic advising, and student engagement, she has worked at high schools in Chicago, New York City, and Atlanta, as well as on multiple university campuses. She spent more than a decade as a program manager and team lead at the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation providing comprehensive support to advance the education of exceptionally promising students from low-income backgrounds.


An active community volunteer, Marissa is part of an initiative that provides pro bono coaching to high-needs students in Arlington (VA) Public Schools. She also serves on the Equity Task Force at her neighborhood's elementary school. In 2020, she facilitated challenging conversations through an innovative program called Pivot: Study & Action Groups on Race Equity in America. Marissa is also a top fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society; she and her team, Down with Disease, have raised over $300,000 since 2008. 


Originally from Dallas, Texas, Marissa now lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and two young sons.​


​   Credentials

  • Ed.M. in Counseling, Teachers College, Columbia University

  • A.B. in Psychology, Brown University

  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC), International Coaching Federation 

  • Certificate in Leadership Coaching, Georgetown University

  • Certificate in Facilitation, Georgetown University

  • Trained in the Immunity to Change  framework

  • Inspired by the Dare to Lead  approach

  • Published author on

  • Popular presenter at professional conferences on a range of topics, including equity-focused leadership (based on Ted Lasso!), values-aligned career development, and supervising staff or coaching clients across racial lines:

    • Georgetown's Institute for Transformational Leadership Network

    • Guiding the Way to Inclusion for the National Association of College Admission Counseling

    • International Coaching Federation, Capital Coaches' Conference

    • National College Attainment Network

    • National Partnership for Educational Access

    • National Scholarship Providers Association

    • Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network (NTEN)

    • PEAK Grantmaking

The One Eleven Approach

I believe that transformation can only come from within which is why I help individuals and teams to articulate goals that are personal, challenging, and motivating while also providing tools, resources, and encouragement at every step of the way.

I value, embrace, and employ empathy and authenticity to facilitate opportunities for greater self-awareness and exponential growth. Throughout the working relationship, I engage clients in direct, honest, and purposeful conversations aligned with their tailored objectives.

I believe that organizations, institutions, and communities benefit from courageous leadership at all levels and require the elevation of diverse voices to truly be effective. I am committed to the ongoing learning and deep self-awareness that is required to be anti-racist. I actively strive to identify, address, and dismantle systems of oppression that serve to perpetuate the status quo within organizations and in society-at-large. ​



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(202) 743-1251


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